The Chemistry Reader series by Dr. Toupadakis was written with the realization that more than any other time in history, students today are under extreme pressure. It is no wonder, since they are a part of this increasingly complicated world. Most of the chemistry texts in today s market contain much more material than it is possible to teach and absorb during a quarter s or semester s time. Students are flooded with a tremendous amount of information, which they are unable to absorb even under normal circumstances. The result is increased anxiety and stress, which actually results in lower productivity and efficiency. The Chemistry Readers by Dr. Toupadakis present all the material required by the first year college curriculum, but in a very efficient and rational way. His writing style is unique, and reading his texts feels like a stream flowing without resistance. He has also created a large number of novel problems, not similar to any currently found in other chemistry texts. Because of his undergraduate training in Greece, the homeland of Socrates, Dr. Toupadakis was taught the Socratic method of learning and teaching. And because of his unique background, his presentation of the different concepts is unlike that of other textbook authors. The readers are also a perfect resource for preparation of AP classes and exams.
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Born on the beautiful island of Crete in Rethymno, Greece, Andreas Toupadakis received his primary education while living in the mountainous village of Argiroupoli near the coast. After receiving his B.S. in Chemistry from the Aristotelian University in Thessaloniki, he began graduate school in the U.S. He has lived in the U.S. since 1978, and he received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1990. Since 2005, Dr. Toupadakis has been teaching at UCDavis as a lecturer at the Department of Chemistry. The courses he teaches include the General Chemistry 2ABC series for first-year students majoring in science and engineering, the Organic Chemistry 118ABC series and the Organic Chemistry 8AB series for second-year students, and the Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences 107AB series for third- and fourth-year students. His scientific interests are in better teaching methods and chemistry book writing and reviewing. His lectures are tuned toward conceptual learning via the Socratic dialogue method. He is the author of three chemistry study guides, CHEMISTRY READER 2A, CHEMISTRY READER 2B, and CHEMISTRY READER 2C, and their corresponding Solutions Manuals, which have been received with great enthusiasm by students taking the CHEMISTRY 2ABC series, his teaching assistants, and colleagues. Besides teaching chemistry at UC Davis, he has also taught chemistry at several other colleges and universities in the U.S. and in Greece, including the University of Crete in Iraklion, and the Nutrition College at the Technology Education Institute in Sitia, Crete. Dr. Toupadakis has also worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and in industry at Dow Corning. In addition, Dr. Toupadakis has given lectures and written articles on life planning through wise career choice, on career change and satisfaction, and on sustainable living across campuses in the U.S., Greece, Japan and recently in India. His writings have appeared in a number of newspapers and electronic magazines. Dr. Toupadakis has being tirelessly lecturing on environmental issues and peaceful solutions at universities and colleges, including MIT, Tufts University, the University of Notre Dame, San Francisco State University, U.C. Berkeley and Waseda University in Tokyo. In January 2000, Dr. Toupadakis resigned his position at LLNL and took his story public. His landmark resignation is a rare and inspiring case in which a scientist has left a weapons program to actively contribute to the peace movement. Among other recognitions, Dr. Toupadakis was awarded the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) Certificate of Honor in May 2000, for moral integrity of the highest order in refusing to work on nuclear weapons research and encouraging his colleagues to renounce this work as well . He spoke both times as a keynote speaker at the 2000 World Conference against A & H Bombs in Hiroshima and at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations in New York on May 3, 2000. Dr. Toupadakis cares deeply about student success during and after college. He spends a great deal of his free time with his students at his organic garden plot, which is provided by the Experimental College Community Garden of UC Davis. He is the winner of the 7th annual ASUCD Excellence in Education Award as the overall educator of the year 2009 at UC Davis. The Department of chemistry of UCDAVIS in 2011 nominated him for the Academic Federation Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Toupadakis, together with his friends and students, has started to establish NECTAR, a place 2 hours from Athens dedicated to living in and with nature. In NECTAR, community members will be connecting with the land while pondering and practicing the teachings of great teachers such as Socrates, Pythagoras and Apollonius of Tyana.
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